Instagram has been recently suggested to be a gateway to child abuse and child grooming by a leading children's charity in the UK known as the NSPCC, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
Their allegations come after they had looked at information spanning just an 18 month period that showed there were more than 5k recorded crimes of sexual communication with a child.
Still, there were many younger victims as well and the charity expects that the true number of victims is much higher than that which has been reported by the police officially. Unfortunately, the charity thinks that more government is the answer here though, and they're pushing for new regulations on social media to try and address the risk here.
The data that was analyzed showed that Instagram was used in 32 percent of at least 1,317 cases, followed by Facebook in 23 percent, and Snapchat in 14 percent.
Those with the charity organization have said that this data signals that parents cannot trust the social media platforms to make sure that their children are safe while browsing online.
Previous news reports have also suggested that pedophiles have been posing on Instagram as teenagers in an effort to groom dozens of children, if not more.